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Purportedly Chinese dredging vessels are building up land around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea last year. U.S. Navy via Reuters

Troubled waters: conflict in the South China Sea explained

China is building artificial islands in the South China Sea to exert its military and commercial power. Can conflict with the U.S. be avoided?
Love and affection are as important as food, water and shelter. jamesgoodmanphotography/flickr

Can a lack of love be deadly?

Children raised in orphanages often lack a key ingredient for healthy development – love.
Reuters/Kim Kyung Hoon

China: (not) talking about a revolution

Fifty years ago on May 16 the Cultural Revolution began. Don’t expect this event to be given much attention in China itself, though. The reality is that despite Mao Zedong’s continuing iconic status, his…
Australian and New Zealand dairy farmers need to get used to the low prices for milk as they represent the new norm in global markets. Dan Peled/AAP

Milk price cuts reflect the reality of sweeping changes in global dairy market

Cooperatives like Murray Goulburn and Fonterra and dairy farmers need to accept that lower milk prices will be the new normal in a more competitive global market.
Women practise roller derby in Beijing. The aggressive sport is growing in popularity in China.

How Chinese roller derby is empowering women

The United Nations is using an exhibition roller derby match in Beijing as a way of promoting China's groundbreaking domestic violence laws. This fast-paced, full-contact sport is challenging traditional ideas about female athletes.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent. Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Press freedom violations undermine African Union’s vision of transparency

Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.

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